GONE TOO SOON!

Over time, I’ve realized that my most profound moments from medical school had little to do with the “books” but everything to do with the “lives” especially of the patients I encountered on the ward.

Today’s post is from an experience I had as a medical student rotating on the pediatric ward.

Enjoy!


I walked into the ward that morning and noticed most of the staff were speaking in hushed tones.
Ward round went on as usual, but everyone seemed a little reserved. Soon, the cat was let out of the bag- one of our patients had passed on!

I was stunned.

Such a young, peaceful and innocent-looking boy, not more than eleven. He had been on the ward for sometime and because his diagnosis wasn’t straight forward, we kept running series of tests.

Then the doctor decided to place him on some steroids and his symptoms seemed to improve, so he was discharged.
However, he soon began to deteriorate rapidly that he had to be re-admitted, eventually leading to his demise.

It was particularly sad for me because that was the first patient I knew as a medical student that passed on.

I remember the day he asked me to pass him a bottle of water from his bedside cabinet. “Miss, Miss…” was how he began his request. After passing him the water, I watched him for a few moments before going back to what I was doing.

If only I knew that was the last time I would be able to interact with him,

Maybe I would have held one of his hands, looked into his eyes and told him not to be afraid.

Maybe I would have sang him a song, written him a poem, or read him a book.

Maybe I would have asked him to tell me about his family, his friends at school, and all of his favorite things.

Maybe I would have assured him that despite his pain, there was a Father in heaven who cared so much about him- spirit, soul and body.

Maybe I would have just taken a few minutes right there, to say a word of prayer for him. 

If only I knew…

But I didn’t.

Because I wasn’t expecting him to die, at least not that soon.

Weak and wasted as he was, we still held on to the hope that he would live.

But death gave no notice of its intentions, it came and left without restrictions.

Three years later, my heart still bleeds when I remember the incident-though I didn’t shed a single tear at that time.

The rest of my sojourn through medical school came with its own heartaches as several other patients I met passed away, but I still can’t get that very first experience out of my head.

As a closing thought, it’s funny how we take the little things for granted, especially with the people that matter to us the most thinking they will always be around.

Truth is, when it comes to those we care about, death is always too soon.

The good news for the believer though, is that death is not the end, there is life after death.

And that for me, is such a comforting thought.

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So when was the first time you saw a patient die? And how did you react to it?

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#TrueLifeStories #WardChronicles #PatientSeries

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I CHOOSE…


Solitude is a gift I’ve learnt to treasure. It’s my favorite place away from the noise and sights, voices and crowds, vying for my attention. 

I don’t blame the world for being flashy, I blame myself for being  vulnerable.

On some days I feel like hiding from real life and just staying by myself, feeding on what is edifying rather than the junk society tries to force down my throat.  

Sadly, we live in an age of information, with little transformation. Cultural Influence creeps on us so subtly that we are hardly aware of being conformed to it. 

This season I’ve spent chunks of time in sober reflection…thinking through some decisions I made in the past and those which I’m currently making.

I’m reminded again that everyday is a choice, every thought a seed, and every action a step towards purpose.

The future doesn’t just happen, I have to CHOOSE it.

Growth is not automatic. It takes process, commitment and consistency.

Knowledge is not enough, the correct application of it is what matters. 

The easiest thing to do in life is to just be, and live by the choices of others passed on to us.

But today, I choose.

I choose to choose.

I choose joy over sadness…
I choose peace over anxiety…
I choose health over illness…
I choose discipline over indulgence…
I choose gratitude over murmuring…
I choose confidence over self-criticism…
I choose clarity over confusion…
I choose fruitfulness over frustration…
I choose victory over defeat…


I choose light over darkness…
I choose the word over the world…

I choose wisdom.

I choose life.

I choose Christ.

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50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (A Recap):

Here’s a recap of the 50 Practical Ways you can motivate yourself through medical school. Feel free to check the links at the end. 


1. Discover yourself
2. Learn new skills
3. Take online courses
4. Avoid negative self-talk
5. Volunteer
6. Listen to good music
7. Watch Medical Shows
8. Start your own business
9. Keep a journal


10. Keep the end in mind
11. Find a mentor
12. Medical school is just a phase. It won’t last forever.
13. Quitting is not an option.
14. Cultivate healthy friendships


15. Find what works for you and make it work
16. Remember why you started
17. Expectations from Friends and Family
18. Eat healthy
19. Focus on becoming competent vs just getting good grades
20. Listen to podcasts
21. Don’t lose your Passion
22. Set Priorities And Rewards
23. Don’t sweat the small stuff


24. Faith in God
25. Set simple goals and achieve them
26. Be your greatest cheerleader
27. Learn to unwind
28. Volunteer to teach others
29. Seek help when you need it


30. You are not alone
30. Play Stimulating Games
31. Stay Focused
33. Ask Questions
34. Aim For Excellent Grades
35. Enjoy the learning process
36. Think Medicine, Think Prestige
37. Believe you can make a difference
38. Financial Sacrifices And Future Remunerations


39. Don’t Quit
40. Take it one step at a time
41. Start a Countdown
42. Share Your Story
43. Have a bucket list
44. Contribute on Social Media
45. Sleep well
46. Work It Out
47. Meditate
48. Cheer as others win


49. Reflect
50. Live, Learn, Love. Repeat.

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50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 1)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 2)

– 50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 3)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 4)

50 Practical Ways To Stay In Medical School (Part 5)



Cheers,

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HELLO JULY!!!

Hola!


Welcome to JULY.

What’s the rush though?

2017 is going really FAST *sniffs*

And for some reasons I have started to feel like I’m actually older than I really am. 😒😟

Maybe my staying mostly indoors has something to do with it, because thanks to MDCN, yours sincerely has been living a pretty domesticated life lately.
Like I’m almost always home all day, everyday, and I have actually started reading articles for stay-at-home mums (just because), only that I’m neither married nor with kids yet. Sigh.
So my domestic roles cut across being a personal trainer to my parents (in our amateur morning stretching exercises 😂😂😂), 

#FitFam Squad

to helping to plan and prepare Family Meals (because I love Food Time Tables),

and also playing the House Doctor, especially prescribing antimalarial drugs (because if it looks like and feels like Malaria, it’s likely Malaria, right? I know WHO now recommends testing before treating Malaria, but with the ceaseless rainfall and relentless mosquitoes at home, there’s no time to waste time).


Just so you know, in the last week of June, I was also a victim to what I suspected to be Malaria and it rendered me almost useless to myself and those around me. I stayed in bed for days and even suffered a bout of depression (not clinically ofcourse). It was while recuperating that I wrote this poem LIFE 101.

Sickness of any type is especially frustrating for me because not only is it distressing, I also find it depressing and distracting. Bottomline is I don’t like to be sick, because it puts me out of CONTROL. Medical doctor or not, Sickness is Terrible!
Anyway, I’m so thankful I’m back on my two feet without having to go into the Emergency room. Hallelujah!

Now let’s roll into the JULY VIBES!

1. Song on replay:

Love me too much (Travis Greene)

2. Scripture for the month:

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Picture Perfect Scripture!

This is a much needed WORD for my season of wait! 

3. Currently reading:

The four loves (C.S Lewis)

“Friendship can be a school of virtue but also a school of vice. It makes good men better and bad men worse.”

Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)

“If God has spoken, believe him. Go where he asks you to go; listen to what he says to you. Follow this lion as he leads, and trust the “knowing” even when others might not understand.”

Unstoppable (Christine Caine)

“Faith is always one generation from extinction and we are the ones entrusted with carrying the baton for this generation and handing it off to the next.”

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Peter F Drucker)
“Innovators should not be rewarded for failure but certainly not to be penalized for trying. An innovation is expected to start small but end big.”

Passing It On (Myles Munroe)
“Mentoring has more to do with association than with instruction.”

The Bible: The book of 2 Kings

Elisha!!! Powerful in death as in life!
– 

– The 30-31-30 Devotional by Eziaha.
In one word, the devotional is DEEP! You need to read it to understand what I’m saying. God bless Coach E as always! Pls download the FAB E Reader App here and look up the devotional too, even if it’s the free version.
4. Still learning:
Spanish and Igbo languages.

5. Just completed:

An 8-week StoryCrafting Course Online, and I’m so glad I participated.

Among other things the course has helped me to pay a closer attention not only to what I write, but also how I write. Another class is coming up soon, so if you’re interested you can check out this link.

6. Recent Adventure:

So I bashed my Dad’s car while driving into our compound one sunny afternoon 😂😂😂
insert *Tony Tetuila’s You don hit my car*

Thank God nothing was broken and no one was injured!
My parents were kind enough to laugh it off, and everyone began to recount their bashing experiences too…lol

7. New Muse

I started keeping a Goodness Journal from the first of July. 


This beautiful journal is a gift from my mum and I love how colorful it looks.
So basically it’s like A Book Of Remembrance for every good deed done (or kind word spoken) to me each day, whether by a loved one or a total stranger. The idea is to be able to reflect on these, when things get a little bit tough and also to keep my benefactors in prayers. So for every good thing you do to me this month, I get to treasure it foreverSo what are you waiting for?😜😅

8. Inspiration from around the web:

i. Me, Myself and Lies 

ii. Stop Confusing Physical Attraction with Chemistry

iii. The Ministry of home-making 

iv. Eggshells

PS: You can now follow me on Instagram @eunice_smiles.

Thank you for reading, 

And have a Fabulous July!
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DAY 7: THE BEST TIME TO LIVE IS NOW!

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Eunicesmiles blog is a great place to be, whether you’re a first time reader or a returnee.
I run a Journal kind of blog, where I write about topics that I’ve spent time to reflect upon. In other words, my blog is like an open book, which anyone and everyone is free to read about.
My favorite topics centre around God, Life, Christianity, Medicine, Family, and Friends.
The primary goal is to INSPIRE as many people that find their way here, by sharing my thoughts, lessons, challenges as well as victories, and ultimately introduce them to the person of my faith, Jesus.
The message of my blog is simple: The best time to live is NOW!
Not Yesterday. Not Tomorrow.
Right Now.
And what better way to Live than to Believe in the one who gave his Life, for you and for me?
Christ.
He is the reason why I live.
Sometime in 2015, I wrote this post highlighting some of my reasons for writing and well, blogging in particular. Those reasons haven’t changed much over the years.

Today, I’m thankful for this BLOG.



It’s one of the things that gives me so much joy.

And this makes it three years since I started blogging.

It was something I couldn’t have imagined doing until I had enough courage, motivation and enough momentum to begin.

I’ll always be thankful to my mentor in this blogosphere, Dr. Dami of adroitmedic’s blog, he also owns the blog adroitphotography.

I’ve been richly blessed in many ways since I started this blog. Here are a few of them:

1. Self discovery- This blog has made me realize a lot about myself, my likes/dislikes, musings, attitude to life and everything in between.

2. Creativity– I’ve also had the privilege of learning, discovering and working on a few creative ideas (like photography/videography/advertisement) by virtue of running this blog. My writing skills have remarkably improved too.

3. Inspiration– Tbh, this blog has been a source of inspiration to me as well. Sometimes I read a post I wrote in times past and just smile. I’ve found encouragement and motivation in down times, through the pages of this blog. For that I’m thankful.

4. Diligence- Well as a matter of fact, running a blog isn’t as easy as one is made to think. Especially when no financial renumeration is involved. My responsibility towards my readers is my main motivation for trying my best. This is a platform I do not to take for granted, because I never know who needs the words I have to offer. Thankfully, I get some encouraging feedback from time to time.

5. Fame– Haha. Pls believe me when I say this blog has given me a level of fame. I mean on a global scale too…because I have readers from all over lol. For that I’m thankful. A number of times I’ve had people approach me unexpectedly and say, “So you run a blog?” And I’m like “ok, so how did you find out?” The response differs from time to time.

Thanks to everyone that has contributed to the blog through liking, commenting or by simply following my posts.

Thank you for being here, anonymously or otherwise.

PhotoCredit: WEB

There is no BLOG without you.

I can’t confidently say whether this blog is for a season or is indefinite, but for now, it’s a platform I’ll continue to use to the best of my abilities to reach out to others.

Hey, before you leave!

So as a way of saying THANK YOU, I have decided to do a giveaway. I will be giving out tokens of airtime (MTN, GLO, AIRTEL & ETISALAT) to FOUR of my blog subscribers.

 

 

PS: The giveaways are exclusive to my Nigerian followers only. I hope in future I can extend the giveaways to my readers across the globe.

 

See details of the giveaway here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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The winners will be announced (hopefully) by Friday, the 10th of May, and I will give further instructions on how to claim the prizes.

Cheers! 

Spanish phrase for the day:
Tiengo un perro- I have a dog

 

 

 

(PS: Our family dog, Captain, who had been sick for sometime, died a few days ago. It was a sobering time for me in particular, as I was the last family member to see her alive. Thankfully, she left a 3-year old daughter, Lucy, and we hope she lives in good health for many years to come).

In lovely memory of CAPTAIN (2009-2017)

Thank you for reading.
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DAY 5: THE WORD WORKS!

Welcome back!

One of my favorite things is to look into the scriptures and see it come alive in my own life.

“The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 GNB


By meditating on the scriptures, I’ve been able to get more insight into his wonderful promises.
Every now and then I come across a part of the scriptures that literally blows my mind…and I’m just like WOOW!

Here are three things the written word of God does in my life:
1. It enlightens
2. It encourages
3. It empowers

A few months back I gained a better insight into this bible verse:


Bread is NOT enough. 

You simply can’t be sustained on carnal food or the philosophies of this world or the shallow opinions of men or even the convictions of your own heart.

You need God’s word to live. 
There are lots of issues beyond human comprehension. I have several testimonies from the past year that there is always a word for every season I found myself in, if only I’m diligent enough to listen.

For instance, a few months ago on my return to Nigeria, I found an apartment in Lagos and moved in with a friend.
Unknown to us the power (electricity) situation in that neighborhood was extremely poor, on some days our light bulb didn’t blink at all.
For the first few days I was frustrated and lived in a state of despair to the point of second guessing my decision to take that apartment in the first place.
Then a friend invited me to church on a particular Sunday, and the sermon was so astounding that I returned home to begin to confess God’s word and to declare that we had light in the house….and soon enough it came to be.

You see whenever we key into God’s WORD in obedience, the results are EXCEPTIONAL.

There’s nothing more important to the believer than God’s word.

It is laziness for a Christian not to study God’s word on a daily basis.

It’s not enough to listen to sermons or use a devotional.

Learn to develop the habit of going deeper into God’s word.


Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Believe it. Act upon it. Share it.

One revelation from God’s word can change your world in a moment.

Here are some resources I use that can wet your appetite for studying the bible:

1. YouVersion app

2.  Faithlife study bible app

3. Verses app

4. Biblestudy app

5. Gospel sermons and podcasts app

God’s word…don’t just read it, live it. James 1:22

 10 Scriptures to meditate on:

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.” Psalms 119:105 GNB


“Dedicate them to yourself by means of the truth; your word is truth.”
John 17:17 GNB


“I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you.”
Psalms 119:11 GNB

“Your word, O LORD, will last for ever; it is eternal in heaven.”  Psalms 119:89 GNB

“So also will be the word that I speak — it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11 GNB

“Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD, and they study it day and night.”


Psalms 1:1-2 GNB

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,”
2 Timothy 3:16 GNB

“Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 1:8 GNB

“For the bread that God gives is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
John 6:33 GNB

“Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures for ever.”
Isaiah 40:8 GNB

And let this song be your prayer,
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ouTgX9hcwk4

Don’t stop believing that the WORD works!

SPANISH PHRASE FOR THE DAY:


Quiero agua
: I want water!

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DAY 19: FRIENDS, FUN & FELLOWSHIP.

Welcome back.

My FRIENDS forever…

I have met a number of people who say things to suggest that friends and friendships are simply…overrated.

They claim they don’t have friends and don’t need them anyway.
They tend to make several excuses to prove those points. They usually keep busy by focusing on themselves, their families, career, ministry, or one social cause or the other.
I’m talking about those who have been afflicted one way or the other by “supposed” friends. I know that is such a sad experience to have and it often prevents future friendships from budding.

In two of my previous posts, Friends, Friendships & Friendliness (2015) and TRUE FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE (2016), I think I have made a good case for the importance of having (the right kind of) friends.
I’m happy to say that I still hold on to those beliefs, and I’m yet to have an experience with a friend that has left a sore taste in my mouth (not that I want to).

Today, I’m thankful for the beautiful friends God has blessed me with.

The truth is that I’m not really good at making friends.
Let’s just say I’m a bit awkward in social gatherings. But the few friends that I’ve had and that stayed, are as beautiful as they make them.

My med school days are some of the best highlights of the friendships I’ve had. And I miss that.
Everything from get-togethers to sleep overs, to casual hangouts and being treated to restaurants or with take outs (the jolly days of Chinese and Subway 😰, thankfully our Naija also has KFC franchises all over the country), or just staying home to watch movies or play games or talk about life…which is my most favorite thing to do.😉

I have had friends who made my hair at no cost, took me shopping for groceries or paid for my fares out of their benevolence, when I was wanting financially.

I even had a friend who would make me meals and bring it over when I had nothing to eat; the same friend once babysat me all through the night when I was sick and did all the running around because I had to travel to another island for a VISA biometric capturing, the next day. What a huge relief it was for me.

Towards the end of my stay in SVG, I left the apartment I was living in. Two lovely ladies took me into theirs, housed and fed me for a couple of days. I’m not exaggerating when I say they literally doted on me throughout my stay. It was like being waited upon in a 5-star hotel, with room service. I had such a cozy experience.

From there I moved into another friend’s apartment and stayed with her until I eventually left the island. She also went the extra mile to take good care of me. I have been so blessed with such friends and I will always remember them for good.
I’m especially thankful for friends of the same faith. There’s nothing as wonderful as having sweet fellowship with your christian friends.

I belong to a Small Bible Study Group, made up of a few friends and it’s one of the best experiences I’ve had in my christian walk. It’s such a privilege to study God’s word and discover some deep truths together. More so we hold each other accountable based on what we learn and our lives have been imparted remarkably.

Since returning to Nigeria, my friends have rallied around as much as time, distance and our schedules permit.
Shoutout to,

-My sweetheart, Funbex (who with her husband), hosted me in her lovely home (not minding our marital status difference 😄),

-My wonderful Wanimi, who went out of her way to help my family give me a befitting (surprise) welcome home party,

-My amiable Walopxy, one of my faithful girlfriends who has stayed all these years, checking on my wellbeing every now and then, because she’s caring like that. May the flames of our friendship burn for many years to come!

Drs. Bunmi and Ify, who made my experience at LUTH worthwhile in every way. 

Derayo, our paths have divinely  crossed again. Lord B, it’s a blessing to finally meet you. 

And to, Ibksinging, Wiseguy, and Tdeemc, the gentlemen who on separate occasions, treated me to the Lagos hospitality. 

Of course, Uncle B (my friend from jand😅) who paid me a visit in IB. 

And to the others (Ayoigbala, Barrysome, Dr. DJ, Niyot) who have kept in touch, even though we’ve not visited…I appreciate you in every way. 

For my friends in the Diaspora, Asholly, Ede et al, thank you for checking on me PRN. 😘

Thanks to you all for the all kindness you have shown to me.

What joy it is to have friends walking in purpose and committed to serving God all the days of their lives. That has been my TESTIMONY.

Let me just share a few nuggets with you from my little wealth of experience (I’m by no means a scholastic authority on this subject):

1. Friendship is NOT always about you.
Yes, we must never forget that. Sometimes we are too carried away by our own needs that we are often blind to the needs of others. Sadly, I’ve found myself making this particular mistake more times than I’d like to admit.
It is true that there are benefits to every friendship but if you make the friendship about you ALL the time, you’ll lose out eventually.
It’s not always about what you like, what you want, what you need…it’s about them too.
Selfishness is something that rips friendships apart more than distance or time. One good way to nip it in the bud is to pray for your friends and then check on them, especially when you feel they are acting detached because you don’t know what’s really going on behind the scenes.
It’s cheap emotional blackmail to whine and complain all the time that your friends don’t keep in touch, when you never bother to text, call or visit them either.
There was a time I accused a friend of forgetting to call me on my birthday, and guess what? The said friend had actually been on admission in a hospital. How selfish of me.
If you however have a friend that is only around when they are in need and soon disappears after, please run! run!! run!!!

2. Your FRIENDS are different from you, don’t try to change them.
I’m a chronic phlegmatic, cool as cucumber, hardly ruffled on the outside but acutely sensitive to the atmosphere around me.
Bottomline: I’m an INTROVERT with bold letters.
My point is, I’m wired differently from my next door neighbor, Sally Jones who seems all over the place, the typical extrovert, blasting music from dawn to dusk, laughing hysterically at anything and everything that seems funny, and lives for the FUN of it.
And that’s okay.
A good attempt at self discovery, will help you appreciate the intricate yet complementary differences seen in others.
I love to watch others have fun even when I’m not participating (or particularly enjoying it) and when it’s time to have my own kind of fun (books, animations, writing), which is boring to most of my friends anyway, I simply excuse myself.
It’s NOT okay for your friends to be anything but themselves when they are around you.
Now when it comes to values and principles that you live by (like integrity, honesty, diligence, discipline), ensure your friends have similar values.
If they don’t help to build you, please leave them.

3. When it HURTS, it’s alright to say so.
Here is one we often take for granted. Like any two smooth surfaces in motion experience friction, friends will occasionally rub off each other in ways that unintentionally hurt. The mistake we make is to keep such hurts inside until our hearts get scarred and the next best option is for us to drift apart.
Only God knows how many friends destined for greatness have been cut asunder by the seeds of bitterness.
I’m not suggesting that you go on nagging about every petty thing your friend does wrong, but you can learn how to communicate effectively when you’re not pleased about a situation.
Granted it might sting your friend at first (most friends assume they give their best), but a good friend will appreciate the feedback and you both can confront the issue and adjust accordingly .
By God’s grace, as I keep learning and becoming wiser, although I’m a long way from becoming the kind of friend I want (need) to be, I’ve certainly grown and my friendships have blossomed and gotten richer over the years.

Also remember that there are several categories of friends, old friends, new friends, special friends, casual friends, close friends, distant friends…no one size fits all.

Every friend is there for a reason and will be needed at one season of your life or the other; as the saying goes,

“A friend in need, is a friend indeed.”


Here are some biblical verses about friendships:

Proverbs 13:20

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” (MSG)


Proverbs 18:24 “Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” (MSG)


Proverbs 22:24-25


“Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious-don’t get infected. (MSG)


Proverbs 27:10b

“Better a nearby friend than a distant family.” (MSG)

Proverbs 27:17
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” (MSG)


Ecclesiastes 4:12a
“By yourself you are unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst.” ( MSG)

To my many lovely friends, I say thank you for the beautiful experiences I’ve had. I do not take the bond between us for granted.

Cheers!
So what are you thankful for today?

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Spanish Phrase for the day:

Nostros bebemos leche – We drink milk.

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DAY 21: TFSA!!!

Welcome back!

Credit: WEB
Have you ever been in a season of life when everything about you seems slow and routine, while other people around you seem to be doing exploits for God’s kingdom and kicking the devil’s butt?
That was me, a couple of months back. I was fresh out of medical school and had much free time on my hands with a million ideas and no particular direction.
I felt such a great need that I started pouring out my heart to God in the place of prayer. I had started following Coach E’s blog some months before. Around August of last year, she announced applications for the first TFSA (The FAB Sistership Academy) and I was more than excited…finally, my prayer had been answered!
But, after I got a message that I was qualified…I still wasn’t added to the group for some technical reasons. My, I was disappointed…raved and ranted for a few days, but eventually calmed down. I told God that if I didn’t need to be part of that group (right then or in future), then no problem. He (GOD) gives me all I need.
Fast forward to November, I think. The second TFSA announcement came up and I reapplied and got in. It was about the best 5 weeks of last year for me. The lessons were EXPLOSIVE, ENLIGHTENING & EMPOWERING!

BE INTENTIONAL!
GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT IDEAS!
TO GO DEEPER, YOU NEED TO GET CLOSER!

Unfortunately I can’t download all those life lessons here but they have been FUNDAMENTAL to my growth spiritual and mental growth, for life.

Eziaha.com
Coach E was so open and raw…and the ladies in the group were such a blessing (despite the age, career-line, and marital status differences).

Today I’m thankful for TFSA and the opportunity to be a part of it.


I’m thankful for coach E, and how God keeps using her to touch lives remarkably.
I’m also thankful for all my TFSA sisters and the sweet bond between us. I’m yet to meet any of them in real life, but they are like the most amazing set of Christian ladies I’ve come across (no time for petty jealousies, gossips or malice), each of us still diligently running the race God has called us to.
Even after the Academy was officially over, the group still remained, and has been so much of a blessing to me since the year began. From sharing DDK’s Reflection and Planning Journal, to over a dozen christian/motivational books (Lisa Bevere, Joyce Meyer, Max Lucado e.t.c) for free, sermons, event invites and a LIVE video conference (by Student finance coach, Eby)
TFSA was also where I met my special person, Dr. T of Tamie’s Alcove, we have so much in common, that you’d think we are like sisters separated by distance.

It’s no COINCIDENCE I tell you, it was divinely orchestrated.
What are you thankful for today?
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Spanish phrase for the day:
Tengo un perro: I have a dog
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DAY 24- THE SIBLING TAG

Welcome back!


So today I’m thankful for my siblings.



Often, when I remember what growing up was like… I just smile. The playing, acting, eating, singing, sometimes arguing or even fighting together.




Now that we are all grown and mature, let’s just say things are not as they used to be, still we try to have fun as much as our schedules, time and distance permit.


BROTHER TAG @OSESE




1. He (26 moons and 6 dawns)

2. A lot of things…he is jovial, nice, musical, allows me to eat from his plate (even when he is frowning), teaches me a lot of handy stuff around the house, chauffeurs me around town, dashes me money (what more can a little sister ask for 😄) etc

3. He says we look alike…😂😂 [I can’t think of anything else]

4. Random stuff…gisting, hanging out, throwback songs, kid games like Name, Animal, Place or Things (my favorite😅)

5. BC, Egbonsky, Goldenbrother, Smat, Nirankeyz…

6. He doesn’t joke with FOOD, like seriously, dude can like to eat…maybe it’s just a guy thing sha.

7. Plenty memories…primary school days, traveling in the car backseat and singing our lungs out, that late night trip to former Wonderland (Abuja) 


SISTER TAG @OSEBI




1. I (57 moons and 6 dawns)

2. Brainy, Black & Beautiful, mouthed, our family tailor (sorry, fashion designer ☺️), allows me to use her makeup and wear her clothes whenever I like…😉

3. My look-alike in shape, size, height, face (minus the glasses), lots of similarities in thinking (Women rights and feminism topics), life goals (family, career, vacations), creative writing, event planning etc

4. Same as OSESE

5. P, Princo, Cindy

6. She can sleep for Africa…no controversy (sorry babe, couldn’t help it😘)

7. Play acting as little girls, late night convos as adults

Again, I’m thankful for my siblings…their support in times of distress is of immense value. Family is not a right but a privilege…and I do not take mine for granted.

SIBLINGS

Love you bro and sis❤️❤️❤️
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What are you thankful for today?

Credit: WEB

Spanish phrase for the day:


Me gusta cocinar- I like to cook

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DAY 26: Papá y Mamá

Welcome back!!!

Credit: WEB
I’ve returned as promised. I hope I can finish working on all the skipped posts, before the month is over. So help me God.
This year makes my parents marriage…a whooping 30 years!!! 

A whole 3 DECADES…Glory!

That day in history!
 

Although the D-day is still a couple of months away, it’s not too early to give God thanks for his unending mercies over them.


-30 years of togetherness in good and bad times
-30 years of commitment and selfless dedication
-30 years of building a home and nurturing a family

Today, I’m thankful for my parents. It’s a privilege to be a product of their loins. There’s so much I’m grateful for:

The solid upbringing
Thank you for the gift of koboko*(a.k.a bla-la), following the biblical principle of not sparing the rod at the expense of the child (Proverbs 13:24), evidently this particular child didn’t spoil…lol. And there was plenty of pampering alongside the discipline too. All in all, kudos to you guys!

The unprejudiced investment in my education
Thank you for believing in training the girl-child as well as the boy-child. I appreciate all your toils over the past two decades in helping me achieve this level education. Thanks for the many times you had to go without, to ensure I had everything I needed to succeed. I’m forever grateful.

The spiritual instructions
For you, Jesus is the first, the last and all that is in between. I’m particularly thankful to you for the support you’ve always given me to serve in God’s vineyard…from secondary school days uptil medical school, your encouragement did not waiver, for you serving Jesus is always the right thing to do.



Easy going daddy, always excited about my success

Shebi we look alike?🤓

Thank you for believing in me everytime

Ever caring mummy, going the extra mile to see me happy
Yes ke, we did combo sef..lol😉
Abiyamo tooto, e ma jeun omo pe.
Happy PEARL Anniversary, Papá y Mamá
3 decades STRONG!

Cheers to many more years in sound health, peace and fruitfulness!
Amen.

I celebrate you.
Credit: WEB


Spanish phrase for the day: LO SIENTO- I’m sorry!

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